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Fuel Cells

The idea of using a fuel cell to produce power was not a new one when Allis-Chalmers unveiled its fuel-cell tractor in 1959. More than a century earlier, Britain's Sir William Grove had originated the idea of a fuel cell that would run on hydrogen and oxygen. Since that time, inventors have experimented with a number of fuels and configurations. A year after developing the fuel-cell tractor, Allis-Chalmers produced a fuel-cell forklift that could lift a 2,000-pound load off the ground. However, the company's aims were even higher: engineers hoped that fuel-cell research would have applications for the United States' developing space program.

 

 

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